Even though there are enough bass in the low 30-inch class filling into the rips to keep things interesting, the vast majority of stripers in the rips this year are between 22 and 26-inches. There are also some nice fluke around Monomoy, although most folks don’t concentrate on them since it is bass they seek.
There are good numbers of bass in the rips, but generally there have been more chunky, mid-20-inch fish than large ones. Holding on the rip line and drifting squid flies on lead core is working well for spin and conventional anglers.
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Salty Cape contributor Chris Junda fished Monomoy on July 2nd and 3rd, catching 6-10 stripers in the 24″ to 36″ range. The bass have been keyed in on sand eels and because of how large of an area Monomoy is, it’s wise to keep moving if you don’t hook up right away.
Overall, the shoals are getting better, mainly in the area of consistency from day-to-day; rolling sand eels on the bottom continues to be an alternative to tossing plugs and soft plastics in the rip lines, particularly around Bearses.
Whether they are bass that have moved down from around Provincetown and Truro or from offshore, the bass arrived in good numbers this week, feeding on squid that are in the rips. Bob Lewis and Charlie Richmond shot out there on Wednesday, and typical of Monomoy, they had about two hours of good action and then it shut down completely.